MILLIONS of dead fish in Rio de Janeiro/volcanoes and more sign of the times


Santiaguito volcano (Guatemala): partial dome collapse generates strong explosion and pyroclastic flows

August 23, 2013 – GUATEMALA – A major eruption occurred yesterday evening. Starting at 17:45 (local time), the top part of the Caliente lava dome collapsed and produced a series of relatively large pyroclastic flows and explosions. Ash plumes rose more than 2 km to elevations of 4 km altitude. The cause of the eruption was likely the accumulation of pressurized magma and gas under the dome composed of viscous (solid) lava. The pyroclastic flows affected mainly the south, southeast and NNE sides. Bombs from explosive activity were ejected to distances of 500 m. –Volcano Discovery
Kamchatka: Activity has remained elevated. A series of ash emissions caused by moderately strong vulcanian-type explosions occurred over the past days. This morning, an ash plume rose to 8,000 ft (2.4 km) altitude and drifted east. Meanwhile, Shiveluch: The volcano continues to extrude a new lobe of viscous lava (visible as the dark patch in the webcam image) at the lava dome, as well as produce occasional (usually small) ash explosions –Volcano Discovery

After first naming camels, researchers now say bats are the source of mysterious Middle East virus MERS

August 23, 2013 – SAUDI ARABIA – Bats in Saudi Arabia appear to be the source of a mysterious virus that has claimed the lives of 47 and sickened 96 in the Middle East and Europe since last September, health officials reported Wednesday. For more than 15 months, officials have tried to determine what sparked the outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). They have identified bats with similar viruses in Africa and Eastern Europe, but had not yet found an exact match to MERS. In the report released published Aug. 21 in Emerging Infectious Diseases, an international team of doctors from EcoHealth Alliance and Columbia University’s Center for Infection and Immunity pointed to the Egyptian tomb bat, an insect-eating bat that does not typically bite humans or come near human food supplies. Researchers collected about 100 fecal samples from seven species of bats living in three locations, veterinary epidemiologist Jonathan Epstein, of EcoHealth Alliance, explained to One of the bats was a perfect match for the MERS coronavirus. Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that cause conditions ranging from the common cold to severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), which killed about 800 people during a 2003 pandemic. The infected bat lived in an abandoned house in Bisha, a small city in Saudi Arabia where the first victim fell ill. The victim was a wealthy 60-year-old man who owned a paint warehouse, according to Dr. W. Ian Lipkin of Columbia.
The warehouse’s large garden included fruit trees and insects that often attract bats. Epstein added that while it is exciting to find an exact match in one sample, more testing is definitely needed. “The finding in bats is very exciting because there’s insight into the virus, but what we still need to learn is how it’s getting from bats into people,’ Epstein said. “We’re still trying to understand the role that other animals such as sheep or camels can play.” One concept is that the virus become airborne once an infected bat’s feces dry. People, such as shepherds, squatting in the abandoned buildings, where the bats nest may breathe in particles of the virus if dust is kicked up. Animals may have contract it in the same fashion, and then transfer it to humans. Camels, goats, sheep and cows are also being tested for the virus, according Lipkin. Previous reports pointed to camels as the source of the virus. “We really want to understand if there are other animals involved in transmission to people,” Epstein said, explaining that MERS could spread the same way as the SARS virus. “SARS coronavirus is carried by horseshoe bats, but transmission happened in a live animal market in China.” MERS’ mortality rate is currently 60 percent, but that number might decline as more cases are being reported of younger victims with milder symptoms, Memish noted. Most of the victims have thus far been old and had chronic conditions such as diabetes or heart disease. –CBS


The July 20 issue of TV Guide announced the Disney Channel’s plans to feature a lesbian couple on a 2014 episode of their children’s sitcom, Good Luck Charlie. The article calls the episode “groundbreaking” and refers to Disney as “testing the water” with content that many Americans would label as immoral. We strongly encourage Disney to not chase the whims of political correctness and instead to simply “Be Disney.”  Disney represents good, fun and wholesome. Millions do not flock to Disneyland so they can experience edginess or groundbreaking politically correctness. No, they go because Disneyland is good, fun and wholesome. Every parent wants to find movies and television programs they feel good about letting their children watch. There simply has been no greater studio than Disney to deliver great stories for the whole family. It’s no wonder that Movieguide has handed out more Best Family Movie awards to Disney than any other studio.  That’s because they are Disney, and Disney is good, fun and wholesome. Yet it’s a disappointment to millions of Americans that Disney would choose to become a groundbreaker in immorality. New concepts of morality have had a very negative impact on marriage, families, and children. Instead of becoming a leader in political correctness, we encourage Disney to hold on to their title as the leader in good, fun and wholesome. It will also be good for business, that’s for sure.  The research shows time and again that movies and programs that have moral content (though some consider old fashioned) actually make MORE money at the box office and on television than their more raunchier and politically correct competition. That’s because most people want the kind of programs that Disney has become legendary in creating. More


When the skies opened up over Denver on Thursday, a 60-year-old weather record came falling down. The National Weather Service said Denver set a new precipitation record for Aug. 22, as 1.94 inches of rain fell at Denver International Airport. The previous mark of .75 of an inch was set back in 1953. The temperature topped out at 82 degrees on Thursday, and dropped 16 degrees in an hour when the thunderstorm hit, according to weather service records. On Friday, there’s a 20 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms, with a high temperature climbing near 89 degrees. The chance for showers and thunderstorms diminishes to 10 percent after 9 p.m., with an overnight low expected around 63 degrees. The average high for Aug. 23 is 86 degrees, and the record high of 98 degrees was last set in 2011. More


A vow by Al-Qaeda to carry out an attack that would “change the face of history” was behind this month’s closures of Western embassies, the president of Yemen revealed Friday, according to Reuters. In the first public disclosure by a government leader of details of the intercepted call that prompted the U.S. alert, President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi said that Nasser al-Wuhayshi, head of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, made the pledge to al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri on July 29. Many U.S. and other Western diplomatic missions in the Middle East, Africa and Asia closed temporarily as a precaution. Wuhayshi spoke by phone with Zawahiri, who is believed to be based in Pakistan, while attending a meeting of 20 Al-Qaeda leaders in Yemen’s Maarib province, Hadi said. ”When I was in Washington, the Americans told us that they had intercepted a call between Ayman al-Zawahiri and Wuhayshi, in which Wuhayshi told Zawahiri that they would carry out an attack that would change the face of history,” the president told police cadets in remarks which state television aired on Friday. More


In response to recent allegations of chemical attacks in Syria, the Pentagon has begun refining its military options for possible strikes in the Middle Eastern country, US officials said. Officers at the Pentagon said they were updating target lists for potential airstrikes on a number of government and military installations in Syria, should President Barack Obama give the green-light to a military assault, officials said Thursday, according to the Wall Street Journal.  The military options being revised at the Pentagon range from possible strikes on Syrian military “delivery capabilities and systems” to command-and-control facilities and artillery batteries, officials said. US officials, however, said the purpose of the military options would not be “regime change” but to “punish” President Bashar al-Assad if there was conclusive evidence that his government was behind the alleged chemical attacks. Syria’s foreign-backed opposition claimed on Wednesday that around 1,300 people were killed in a government chemical attack on militant strongholds in the Damascus suburbs of Ain Tarma, Zamalka and Jobar.  More


SCOTLAND, Md. – For the second time in three years, fishermen in southern Maryland have pulled in a shark from the most unlikely place — the Potomac River. Actually they caught two sharks. They got caught in fishing nets about 200 yards away from the swimming area in Point Lookout State Park in St Mary’s County. Fisherman Richard Riche got quite the shock when he tried to haul them in. ”It was a surprise, coming face-to-face with two big sharks. Lots of excitement,” says Riche. This is the second time Greg Dean has hauled in a shark off Point Lookout. He and his dad, Willy, caught one in almost the same spot in 2010. “There are definitely sharks in the Potomac,” Dean says. The first shark was pretty close to death when it was discovered Tuesday. But the second one, eight feet long and over 200 pounds, put up quite a fight. “It was a challenge to get him in the boat, but we got him,” says fisherman Patrick Ridgell. A Maryland Department of Natural Resources biologist was on board when the sharks were hauled in and will be looking in to why these dangerous, testosterone-fueled bull sharks, known to bite swimmers, were in the Potomac. More


Whatever it was that caused the alleged slaughter of up to 1,700 civilians in a Damascus suburb this week, it did not spare the animals in the area, according to these pictures. These photographs show rebel fighters in gas masks apparently walking the streets of Zamalka, bagging up dead pets and livestock. It was claimed on Wednesday that the government launched a early morning poison gas attack on the rebel-held area, wiping out hundreds as they lay sleeping in their beds.  Activists said rockets with chemical agents hit the Damascus suburbs of Ain Tarma, Zamalka and Jobar before dawn. While the allegation has not yet been proven, Western governments are lining up to condemn the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is clinging to power as a two-year-old insurgency against his rule rumbles on. More


THE remains of a mysterious, bizarre “sea creature” found on a Spanish beach has left experts baffled. 
The four-metre-long creature, with what appear to be horns, was found decomposing on Luis Siret Beach in Villaricos, Spain  leaving locals wondering if they had caught a glimpse of a mythical sea monster from the deep, Grind TV reports. ”A lady found one and we helped her retrieve the rest,” Maria Sanches of Civil Protection in Cuevas said. “We have no idea what it was. It really stank.” Experts and residents are struggling to determine what the remains are, with guesses ranging from everything from a relative of the Loch Ness Monster, a dinosaur or sea monster, or an oarfish.  ”It’s hard to know what we are dealing with,” PROMAR Sea Life Defence Program spokesman Paco Toledano told Ideal Ameria. “It’s very decomposed and we cannot identify what it is.” Mr Toledano said they have sent information about the remains to more other experts, in hopes that they can identify the animal. More


Tokyo Electric Power Company workers have detected high levels of radiation in a ditch that flows into the ocean from a leaking tank at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Japan’s nuclear watchdog said Thursday the leak could be the beginning of a new disaster — a series of leaks of contaminated water from hundreds of steel tanks holding massive amounts of radioactive water coming from three melted reactors, as well as underground water running into reactor and turbine basements. Tokyo Electric Power Co. says about 300,000 litres of contaminated water leaked from one of the tanks, possibly through a seam. The leak is the fifth, and worst, since last year involving tanks of the same design at the wrecked Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, raising concerns that contaminated water could begin leaking from storage tanks one after another. ”That’s what we fear the most. We must remain alert. We should assume that what has happened once could happen again, and prepare for more,” Nuclear Regulation Authority chairman Shunichi Tanaka told a news conference. “We are in a situation where there is no time to waste.” More


The sun fired off an intense solar storm at Earth Wednesday — the second in two days — hurtling billions of tons of charged particles at our planet, but should not pose a threat to people on the ground, NASA says. The solar eruption, called a coronal mass ejection, occurred yesterday at 1:24 a.m. EDT (0524 GMT) and sent charged particles streaking outward at 380 miles per second. That’s just over 1.3 million mph. The solar fallout from the sun storm is expected to reach Earth within the next three days. ”These particles cannot travel through the atmosphere to harm humans on Earth, but they can affect electronic systems in satellites and on the ground,” NASA officials explained in a statement. [Solar Max Photos: Sun Storms of 2013] Wednesday’s solar storm erupted just 21 hours after another powerful coronal mass ejection (NASA calls them CMEs) on Tuesday, Aug. 20. That solar tempest also sent billions of tons of solar particles on their way to Earth. More


London office replaces receptionist with hologram named ‘Shanice’

The future, guys. This is it. A London council building is replacing their human receptionist with a hologram. They’re naming her “Shanice,” because why not? Reportedly, Shanice will cost the council $19,000. It’s a steep price, but it’s still cheaper than hiring an actual human being. We can just imagine them breaking the news to their receptionists: “Yeah, we’re going to have to let you go. You were great, but Shanice here … I mean, just look at her.” CONTINUE


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Brazil: Ten tons of dead fish found in Rio lake

There is something fishy going on in Brazil. Ten tons of dead fish have been found floating in a Rio de Janeiro lake.

Biologists said it was likely that the fish deaths were caused by sewage finding its way into the water which sits next to the Olympic park under construction for the 2016 games.

A local resident who once fished in what he described as clear waters blamed the city officials continue

Germany 1st to Allow ‘Third Gender’ Birth Certificates


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